Democratic Senator Mikulski Backs Iran deal, Clinching Obama Win

Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing US President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday, declaring the agreement was the best way to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions. In a statement, Mikulski said she had studied the deal carefully, and had concluded it was the best way forward. “I’ve considered the alternatives very closely. But in the end, they don’t present a more viable option to this deal,” she wrote. “No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal.”

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